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post #1 of 29 Old 05-14-2014, 05:12 AM Thread Starter
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Forum Enthusiasts' Confession Box

Hello all

When I first joined this forum, someone who'd been here a while said to me, "Now you are doomed! You will never get away!"

I had just given up on a long tradition of filling huge paper journals annually as an hour-a-day form of recreation. I felt my recreational writing should be less isolated and more interactive, and I liked horses and nature, so when I found this place it hit the spot. I'm also in a very cool open-journalling group in this forum, where I learn about things from all over the world and have encountered lovely people. I much prefer this place to TV, and since we don't watch any these days, I am freed up for being on a forum.

However: Why is it that writing and reading here is so much more fun than generating the paid articles I'm supposed to be writing? Intermittent variable reward, intones my husband, who's on a Dr Who forum and knows the ins and outs of public reading and writing for fun.

I'm a "10pm is a late bedtime" kind of girl who likes to watch the sun rise while my husband covers his eyes, rolls over and tries not to turn into dust as the first sunlight enters the room. But even I have had later bedtimes reading fascinating and funny posts, getting embroiled in lively debates, and talking to people across the globe from me who are just waking up.

During a recent evening a fellow citizen two hours' rotation east of me said, "Stop posting, I have to go to work tomorrow." I nearly ruptured my diaphragm laughing. I know what it feels like: Once in my life I actually called in sick at work because I could not stop reading Walter Macken's historical novel "Seek The Fair Land" about the Cromwellian invasion of Ireland, and one man's flight from Drogheda to Connemara with his two young children after his wife was killed by soldiers, attempting to save those left to him in a hostile time. This was nearly 20 years ago, and I made up for it by doing fieldwork on a Saturday, and it never happened again, but I do occasionally stay up very late engrossed in books (or on this forum). My husband swears he will call in sick when a particular sequel in some literary series he has been anticipating for a decade finally comes out.

So I thought this place needed a confession box.

Has anyone here ever neglected their vacuuming, ironing and door knob polishing duties in favour of reading and responding to posts in this forum?

Has anyone stayed up all night laughing at threads like bsms' "Emergency Dismount" classic?

Is anyone setting a timer that chimes after a set time because otherwise they may look up and find that five hours have passed unnoticed, it has gotten dark and they can no longer go for a ride?

Does anyone here get reproachful glances from their dog when the laptop comes out?

This is where you can tell your funny anecdotes about things you shouldn't have done, and share the things you do to ensure you don't get "lost in space" when you come here.

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post #2 of 29 Old 05-14-2014, 05:43 AM
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Because of my illness, most days I can't get out of bed for more than a few hours, and a lot of times I can't go see my horses at all. So I'm on here a lot, trying to have reading about horses make up for not being with horses. And of course, being on the forum is a MUCH better way of spending the little energy I have than doing housework! Lol
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post #3 of 29 Old 05-14-2014, 10:12 AM
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I neglect life lol! If im not at school or with my horse im on here XD!
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post #4 of 29 Old 05-14-2014, 12:16 PM
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I am on this forum because I am brushing up my computer skills. I was way ahead of the curve on computers, I went back to school as an adult and took computer classes and was doing very well. This was back before they got these new fangled mouse things. One day I walked into a class and instead of the teacher teaching me what to key into the computer, he asked what I thought I should key into it. I quit, figuring to take it back up when computers got so easy to use that anybody could do it. What I did not foresee was all these different systems. So now I am playing catchup, and am really impressed with this forum and the information here.
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post #5 of 29 Old 05-14-2014, 12:20 PM
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I literally am in the Law School library not working on two term papers due tomorrow...

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post #6 of 29 Old 05-14-2014, 12:22 PM
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Well heck yes! This forum is a great procrastinating tool to use for putting off the work around here that I should be doing. Who wants to be doing endless chores when they could be hanging out here?
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post #7 of 29 Old 05-14-2014, 12:31 PM
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I don't understand the question, what is this life of which you speak?
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post #8 of 29 Old 05-14-2014, 12:41 PM
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ARe you kidding me? anyone ever neglected life becuse of HF? well, yeaaaaaah!

I sometimes sit down saying to myself, "ok, one half hour segment, then you'll get to those errands" , then I look back at the clock and an hour has passed. so, I say, "well, let's try that again. it's 10:00 now, so at 10:30 I am going to turn off the computer". only to do the exact same thing.

and, using the "quick links" button to constantly, obsessively refresh to see what new posts have come on in the last 30 seconds. it's really pitiful.
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post #9 of 29 Old 05-14-2014, 01:00 PM
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When my boss walks in my office, I am in a mad scramble to minimize my HF screen, and make it look like I am diligently working away on a spreadsheet of some sort.

She probably doesn't even know what the HF is anyway- Its not like its the tell tale blue screen from some other site that my coworkers spend 40 hours a week on! #winning

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post #10 of 29 Old 05-14-2014, 01:08 PM
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I'll confess. I was reading up here for quite some time before I created my account. Finally decided to participate because I decided it was a little weird how much I knew and followed certain posters' lives on here. Now, I go back and read old threads all of the time, plus what's on and new, and if I agree with a lot of what a person says, I look them up and read several of their other posts. I'm on here when I wake up, before bed, on lunch break- basically, if I am not actively riding, shoveling poop, or reading a book, I am here. All of my pictures go on here before they hit facebook. I wish there was a HF group on facebook so that I could be 'friends' with more of the folks on here.
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